Arkansas football is off to an interesting start this season and fresh off a heartbreaking loss to Auburn. Will the Razorbacks upset Ole Miss?
Who knew that a battle of 1-2 teams would be so intriguing? Ole Miss and Arkansas are getting set to meet in Fayetteville on Saturday afternoon in a game that could be a future SEC West elimination game — like years in the future.
Let’s not get too ahead of ourselves here, though.
Ole Miss is coming to town off a tough loss to Alabama in which it looked like the Rebels were going to pull off the upset, going tit-for-tat with the top team in the country before sputtering late. They have an overtime win over Kentucky this season and tough losses to Florida and Alabama.
Arkansas, on the other hand, is still heartbroken over a controversial loss to Auburn in which they were robbed of a victory by an officiating gaffe. The week before, the Razorbacks upset a ranked Mississippi State team and they opened the season with a loss to Georgia after leading 7-5 at halftime.
These two teams have seen some things.
Will the Razorbacks pick up a big win over Ole Miss?
3. Rakeem Boyd returns to rush for 100 yards
It’s been a rough season for Rakeem Boyd. The Arkansas running back is fresh off a breakout junior season in which he rushed for over 1,100 yards and eight touchdowns on 6.2 yards per carry but he has had a nightmarish start to the 2020 campaign.
You’d think after two years of solid play, the senior running back would finish on a high note, but he has just 49 yards on 19 carries in only two games, missing a third with an injury.
Now he’s back, as he said on Twitter, and although Sam Pittman said that he sees Trelon Smith as a starter right now, Boyd is going to get his touches. He may be limited on his carries, but he’s going to make the most of them, getting back on track with a 100-yard game against a bad Ole Miss defense.
This will be just what Boyd needs to get that confidence level back up.